Today author Angela Cambell has joined me to celebrate the release of her paranormal romantic suspense novel, Something Wicked. Angela read her first romance novel at 16 and immediately attempted to write one, too. She is a newspaper reporter with more than 15 years experience as a general assignment reporter, features editor and graphic designer and has also worked as a production assistant in TV and film. Angela lives in the Southeast USA with her rescue cat. Welcome and happy publication day Angela!
Here’s a really strange fact you probably never wanted to know: I actually visit the cemetery a fair amount, having lost my mom when I was 12. My best friend also lost her mom as a young adult, and she’s buried not too far from mine. Now, we regularly go place fresh flowers on their graves. Nothing odd in that, right? Well, except we usually go late at night.
I know. Weird.
We’re both night owls, and I work long hours during the day. It’s not uncommon for us to meet up — safety in numbers — to go to the graveyard at night.
One time we were inside my car when the headlights captured a woman and a dog standing beside a grave. There was something unnatural about them that caused me to immediately stop and turn around. I mean, they had no flashlight and they weren’t near a car. “Did you see a woman and a dog standing there?” my friend immediately asked, but when we both turned back to look seconds later, they were gone. GONE!
Another time, I took my then-teenage niece with me to my mother’s grave, and she carried a voice recorder to try to capture EVPs — electronic voice phenomena — because we’d been watching ghost hunting shows and she thought it would be a fun experiment. Yes, she’s a bit weird, too — probably my influence, sadly. Anyway, she was playing back the sound and had asked, “Is there anyone here?” when a man’s raspy voice replied, “Leave.” Needless to say, I drove a little faster than necessary to do just that.
Did I also mention my best friend grew up in a haunted house? Yes, I have tons of stories I could share on this topic, but I won’t.
After reading all of that, it should be no surprise that I believe in ghosts.
It should be even less of a surprise that I enjoy writing about them. I should probably be terrified of ghosts — lord knows my best friend is — but I’m actually quite fascinated by them. And I love Halloween. I have three older brothers who forced me to watch scary movies as a child. I kind of blame them for making me this way. I don’t scare easily anymore, which is a good thing, I suppose, since I’m weird and traipse around graveyards at night.
If you’re in the mood for an entertaining ghost story on Halloween (or after!), let me recommend my new release, Something Wicked, which is the follow-up to my first Harper Impulse book, On the Scent. It has a feisty heroine, a hot hero, some funny ghosts — and not-so-funny ghosts — and it’s set in one of the most beautiful, and spookiest, cities I’ve ever had the privilege to visit: Charleston, South Carolina. I also love the graveyard setting on this book’s cover.
Then again, I’m weird like that.
Thank you Angela and Happy Halloween!
Something Wicked is released today in ebook formats. Find out more at: http://www.harperimpulseromance.com/books/something-wicked
All homicide detective Dylan Collins wants is a few hours of pleasure to take his mind off of the case haunting him. A serial killer is stalking the streets of Charleston, SC – a killer who calls himself The Grim Reaper. When the woman he’d just spent the night with turns up and offers her services as a psychic consultant on the case, his ardor quickly cools. Last thing he needs is to get tangled up with a con artist.
It doesn’t take long for Dylan to realize Alexandra King is the real deal – and the killer’s next target. Dylan’s protective instincts battle his reluctance to get too involved with a woman he isn’t sure he can trust. As they get closer to finding the killer, they also grow closer to one another, but will Alexandra’s secret agenda destroy their chance at happiness – if the killer doesn’t strike first?